Donald was born in Silver Spring, MD, went to Cornell University for undergrad in biology, and then attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego for law school. Donald was a public defender in Fulton County Superior Court for three years and then in Fulton County Juvenile Court for another three. For the past five plus years, he has been a GAL here in Gwinnett Courts handling DFCS, child custody and guardianship cases, and in doing so, he became a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. He and his spouse, Allison, have been married just short of 9 years. They have three young boys and Max, their 8 year old standard schnauzer. Donald is a Leadership Gwinnett 2016 graduate, a former board member for KABA (Korean American Bar Association), board member of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, and a Planning Advisory Committee member for Gwinnett 2040 Unified Plan. He loves Gwinnett and wants nothing but to see our community thrive.
Dodie Sachs practices family law at Chandler, Britt, & Jay, LLC in Buford, Georgia. Dodie grew up in North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and went to the Tulane University School of Law. Dodie serves our local community not only as an officer of GCBA, but also as a member of the advisory board for Gwinnett Legal Aid, and a frequent volunteer. Dodie created the Family Law Information class taught at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in partnership with Gwinnett Legal Aid in 2015, and remains active in teaching the class. Dodie is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars for family law and litigation matters. Dodie was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia as a mentor for the Transition into Law Practice Program. In 2017, Dodie was recognized by Atlanta Legal Aid for providing more than 50 pro bono hours to the Gwinnett Pro Bono Project, which is part of Atlanta Legal Aid. In her spare time, Dodie enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, and teaching at her synagogue.
Danielle was born and raised in Buford, Georgia. After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her law degree and Advanced Legal Writing certification from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, Danielle practiced criminal defense and family law in Northwest Georgia, where she also served as the defense attorney for the Tallapoosa Circuit Drug Treatment Court Program and the President of the Tallapoosa Bar Association. In 2014, Danielle and her husband, John A. Mays, Jr., returned to Gwinnett County and both joined her father, Walt M. Britt, at Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC, in Buford, Georgia. Danielle practices family law and criminal defense and serves as defense attorney for Gwinnett County’s Drug Treatment Court Program. Danielle and her husband welcomed their son John Walt Mays into the world in 2018, and Danielle is loving her new role as “mom”. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys yoga, cycling, hiking, kayaking, reading, traveling, being a foodie, and spending time with her dogs, Darla and Braxton.
Amina Bakari grew up in Richmond, VA. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University in Hampton, VA in 2010. She moved to Georgia and received her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 2013. While studying in Athens, she interned at the Athens-Clarke County District Attorney's office during her 3L year. Upon graduation she completed a fellowship with the Gwinnett County District Attorney's office. Amina was admitted to the Georgia Bar in October 2013 and began working at the Gwinnett County Solicitor's office. In 2019, she became an Assistant District Attorney with the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office, and enjoys getting to know and working with the members of the Gwinnett County criminal law community. She is looking forward to serving the Gwinnett Bar as Treasurer this year.
Nhan-Ai (pronounced Young-Eye) Simms attended The College of William and Mary for her undergraduate studies and Cumberland Law School at Samford University for her law degree. After law school she started out in criminal law trying misdemeanor and felony trials in Georgia. Nhan-Ai took an interest in Juvenile Law and in 2014 clerked for a juvenile judge in the Piedmont Circuit. There she primarily focused on dependencies and child welfare, while also sitting as the Juvenile Traffic Judge. Continuing to specialize her career in juvenile law, she joined the Gwinnett District Attorney’s Office where she has been a juvenile prosecutor for the past five years and is currently the Managing Assistant District Attorney for the Juvenile Division. Due to her extensive knowledge of the juvenile law she is a lecturer on both delinquency and dependency law for prosecutors, law enforcement, and the community. Nhan-Ai's family history is one that brings her pride and purpose: she is first generation Vietnamese-American who arrived in the U.S. in 1980, with her family having survived the treacherous escape from South Vietnam as boat refugees. Public service is a common theme in her home in Dacula, where she lives with her veteran police detective husband Jonathan and her young son Lucas.
law day chair
Melissa is an attorney at Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, where she works primarily with divorce, child custody, and child support matters. She earned her Juris Doctor at Jones School of Law and her bachelor's degrees in Professional Writing and Theatre at Auburn University. While attending law school, Melissa worked in the Family Violence Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic violence and developed a deeper passion for helping those in need. In addition to her active participation in the family law clinic, Melissa was also a member of the Public Interest Society, where she volunteered her time and knowledge to help those who were unable to afford private representation in legal matters. These experiences led her to pursue a career in family law where she continuously strives to make a difference in the lives of others. She enjoys helping her clients navigate the difficult processes of divorce and other family law matters. Melissa is excited for the opportunity to give back to the community by serving as the Law Day Chair for the Gwinnett Bar.
immediate past president
Jon Setzer is a Managing Assistant District Attorney with the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office, where he has been for the last ten years. Prior to joining the Gwinnett District Attorney's Office, he worked for the Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office in Eastman, Georgia for two years. Jon earned his law degree from Emory University in 2006 and his Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2003. Jon is the President of the Gwinnett County Bar Association, having previously served as the Law Day Chairperson, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President-Elect. He was previously the Chairperson of the Georgia High School Mock Trial Committee and continues to serve on the State Finals Planning Board, Law Academy Faculty, and Problem Subcommittee for that program. Jon is a 2013 graduate of the Young Lawyers Division's Leadership Academy and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett's Glance Gwinnett Program. Jon lives in Suwanee with his wife, Heather, and their sons, Caleb and Evan. He plays soccer for Brick Store Football Club and holds a United States Soccer Federation National Coaching License. He is a founding member and season ticket holder for Atlanta United. In what little spare time remains, Jon enjoys reading, running, and cooking.